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Malvern Victorian Gas Lamps, Malvern, Worcestershire 20th September 2009

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Uploaded on Sep 22, 2009

Video of the gas street lighting at Malvern, Worcestershire.
Videoed on Sunday, 20th September 2009

Links: http://www.malvernwells-pc.gov.uk/ind... http://www.malvernbeacon.com/index.ph...

"Malverns famous set of 150 year old working Victorian gas lamps are an almost unique sight in the 21st Century. Installed when the local gas works was completed in 1856, the lamps are still gently illuminating the streets and footpaths of Malvern Wells.
Finding gas lamps burning in quiet places surrounded by trees (such as by the Devils Spring in Holywell Road, the Pixie Path and Malvern Wells Common) inspired the imagination of the writer CS Lewis. Lewis was at a boarding school right on the edge of Malvern Wells Common. He loved Malvern and visited regularly right until the end of his life. In the childrens classic The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Lewis tells of the mysterious Lantern Waste. There, in the wicked White Witchs snowbound woodland, the magical (good magic of course) lighted Lamp Post shows the way to safety for Lucy & Mr Tumnus in the land of Narnia.

Malvern began to convert its street lighting from gas to electricity in 1950. Many of todays cast iron electric street lights were converted from the old gas lamps. In 1965 it was decided to remove all the remaining gas lamps in the area. Luckily this was a slow process which was eventually halted in 1989. The surviving gas lamps were saved from conversion by public demand and renovated."

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